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William Faulkners story A Rose for Emily portrays Emily Griersons decline into insanity Emily lives in the small town of Jefferson where the people of the town have the need to peer into her life with a magnifying glass Despite their insatiable curiosity about her life they dont know as much as they think they know about Emily They seem unaware of her desire to make time stand still in her life and how her attempts to do so only deepen her insanity Emily first shows signs of this obsession and hints that she is crazy when her father dies For three days she denies that her father has died but finally gives into persuasion and allows him to be buried He was all she had and so she wants to keep him there with her Her father kept her isolated from others in the town and even her relatives making him the only person she really knows and loves In order for her not to face the fact that she is alone she tries to keep his body She would try to stop time itself to keep from being alone The townspeople make excuses for her action and despite their statements that they did not say she was crazy then they were certainly aware that her behavior was not normal Soon after her fathers death Emily begins a relationship with Homer Barron who like her father becomes her only companion and she will not sit idly by as time takes him away as well Emily it seems would like to marry Homer She buys the mans silver toilet set and the mens clothing as wedding gifts for him and even decorates an upstairs room in her house as a honeymoon suite However when the townspeople open up this room they find a grim surprise - Homers body and the evidence that Emily had slept with the body over the years Emily had
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